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Imagine a world where your password works most of the time, say, when it’s sunny outside.  But then if there is rain or snow, it stop working.  Or how about adding a political aspect to your online security.  If there is a political crisis, or another country is about to default on its loans – your login process starts experiencing “trust issues” and keep you out of the system.  As crazy as it sounds, this is very much the scenario a user typically experiences with biometric security systems.  Not only are these systems expensive, but they work best when there is no deviation from “normal” (whatever that means!).  The system assumes that your finger will always be attached to your hand and that it will never have a cut.  It also assumes that every person’s fingerprints are easy to scan and that age has no effect on human skin.  

Robert O’Brien, the CTO of MetaCompliance writes in The Guardian that passwords are no longer fit for their purpose.  Google recently announced that “Passwords are done at Google”.  What worked in the mainframe era is no longer adequate for the modern age.  It seems that the technology world has accepted this fact but has yet to figure out the difference between what looks like strong authentication and really is a usable strong authentication solution.

Tricerion Strong Mutual Authentication is a flexible mechanism that does depend on the physical characteristics of the user, or barometer readings, or even the failure of data encryption.  Our patented authentication solution works across platforms and is one the most simple to use authentication methods.